While buying a second-hand car can save you a lot of money, there are some pitfalls to look out for to keep it that way. Avoid these four money-wasting mistakes when purchasing your next second-hand ride on Gumtree:
Failing to check the model’s reliability
One of the best parts about buying second-hand is that enough time has usually passed for there to be a good online record or past customer satisfaction; they’re tried and tested! Avoid making an emotional decision on a car that has a history or recalls or expensive repairs by doing your research before you even begin to look.
Ignoring its maintenance history
Never, we repeat, never take the sellers word for it. If they cannot provide you with a report of all maintenance and repairs done on the vehicle, don’t purchase it. At least not without a very detailed assessment completed by a professional (which you will want to do anyway!).
Not getting a vehicle inspected
Do some basic checks yourself, but for the deep underbelly of things you just do not know enough about, always get the ride inspected by a professional mechanic to ensure it is sound and worth your hard-earned cash.
Settling for a high price
When a purchase is emotional, you’ll settle for a price higher than you wanted. The great thing about buying second-hand on Gumtree is that prices are almost always negotiable. Go in with a maximum price in mind and do not go above it, no matter how much you like the sporty look.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find a second-hand ride close to home.